Since 2013, Vietnam Animal Aid and Rescue-US has been caring for the most vulnerable animals in Vietnam and working towards long term solutions to end animal suffering for ALL species. As a vegan animal rights organization, we work for ending the use and exploitation of all animals by humankind and advocate for farmed animals, wildlife, and domestic and exotic pets because loving animals means not using them. In addition to our existing rescue shelter and Vietnam's ONLY farm sanctuary, we are starting a mobile veterinary service and veterinary training project in central Vietnam that will reach the animals outside of the main city centers and will train local veterinary graduates to the highest standards.
Currently in Vietnam the dog and cat meat trade is the only method of population control for unwanted animals. There are no veterinary clinics or rescue organizations providing the training for local veterinary graduates to perform year round, mass sterilization work throughout the country that would reduce the supply of animals going into the trade. Our mobile veterinary clinic will be a center for this work, taking recent vet university grads as interns to learn international standard veterinary practices and providing continuing education programs througout the year for veterinarians already in practices of their own.
In addition to the current horrendous level of vet care for pets, any animal that is not a cat or dog here is completely out of luck for medical care. Our vets will treat all animals of all species on equal footing, providing top level care to farmed animals and providing them sanctuary as necessary. We will not participate in any part of livestock production services, teaching vet interns instead that ALL species are deserving of lifesaving treatment and are not to ever be treated as profit machines. A chicken, monkey, snake, and dog all have the same rights to medical treatment. Veterinary care, like human medical care, should never be considered a luxury good. This is the principal on which we have always operated.
The level of veterinary care in Vietnam is extremely poor and requires a long term plan to address changing it through universities, continuing education, and a shift in focus from promoting animal agriculture to actually helping animals. Pop-up clinics by international organizations simply will not ever be able to manage this, nor will clinics charging rates no different than Hong Kong or London which prevent any locals from being able to afford care. We must commit to investing in the Vietnamese veterinary industry throughout the year and for decades to come, not just quick "fixes" that lack lasting and far-reaching impact. Please help us to build an nationwide team of a new generation of well-trained, properly-equipped, and continually educated non-speciesist veterinarians who can truly create the change we need for all species of animals.
VAAR is a US 501(c)(3) organization so all American donations are tax-deductible. Please help us to help all animals of central Vietnam who are unable to access proper vet care, safe sterilization surgeries, dental care, and diagnostics and treatment at an international standard.